By itself, the Arizona immigration law seemed alarmist, a reactionary one-off. Now, though, comes the Alabama immigration law, raising the possibility of a trend. Despite the vehemence of the public debate surrounding the severity of the Arizona law, the Alabama law is even more severe. For instance, it requires schools to ask about the legal status of children -- and their parents -- if they were born out of the country. And one of the more persistent knocks on presidential candidate Rick Perry in the conservative world is Texas' decision to give in-state college tuition to the children of illegal immigrants.